Wednesday, September 30, 2009

23 LDS in Philippines are reported among fatalities in storm

 Let us Pray and hope things go well for the survivors. May the Lord bless them all!

In the wake of tropical storm Ketsana, 23 Church members in the Philippines are reported to be among the 140 confirmed fatalities, according to a Church statement issued Sept. 29. Not all Church members have yet been accounted for following the heaviest rainfall in four decades and the ensuing floods from the storm which struck Manila and surrounding areas Saturday, Sept. 26. More than 16 inches of rain fell in 12 hours Saturday.

The total number of members affected is still being assessed, with all but three stake and district presidents having been contacted by the time the report was issued. Fifteen meetinghouses sustained water damage and others are yet to be assessed, according to the Church report.
Associated Press
Flood victims extend their arms to receive relief goods from a military truck after water subsides Monday, Sept. 28, 2009 in suburban Cainta, east of Manila, Philippines. Weary victims of a tropical storm that unleashed worst flooding in more than a decades begun cleaning up their damaged homes as rescue workers plucked more dead bodies from muddy flood waters.
All missionaries are safe and accounted for and are joining with local members and others in clean-up efforts. Clothing and bedding donated by members in non-affected areas are being shipped to the disaster area. The Church has also purchased locally food, water, clothing, hygiene items and other relief supplies for distribution to members and others.

Of the 24 metro Manila stakes and two other stakes affected, 14 have been able to respond to their own needs.
Associated Press
In this photo released by the Philippine Air Force, some parts of Cainta township, east of Manila, Philippines, remain flooded three days after tropical storm Ketsana brought the worst flooding in metropolitan Manila in more than 40 years Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009.

Associated Press
Two women start to clean up the mess brought by flooding Tuesday, in suburban Quezon City north of Manila, Philippines.
At one point, 80 percent of Manila was submerged by the flooding, the report stated, adding that more than 115,000 are living in makeshift shelters.

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